The Australian Consulate-General in Chennai was formally opened on 15th April 2015 by Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP. The Consulate-General focuses on strengthening bilateral relations between India and Australia through political, economic and cultural work in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala as well as the Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The Australian Consul-General in Chennai, Ms Silai Zaki
Ms Silai Zaki is Australia’s Consul-General based in Chennai. She is responsible for strengthening bilateral relations and trade and investment ties between Australia and India in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh and as well as the Union Territories of the Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Puducherry. She was appointed to the role in January 2024.
Ms Zaki is a career officer with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has previously served in Spain. She is also a former Adviser to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, and the Minister for Home Affairs.
Ms Zaki holds a Master of Laws (International Law) from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University.
Ms Zaki is accompanied in Chennai by her husband and daughter.